Amazon Studios, who now host MGM’s library, have been sifting their through newly owned goldmine of past classics identifying which past films they can remake, spin-off or sequelize. Among the genre efforts they’re said to be focusing on are Robocop, Stargate and Poltergeist.
Deadline hears A-list creative auspices have reached out to inquire about adapting MGM IP which they are fans of. Additionally, Amazon Studios also has been leaning on its own roster of talent for some projects.
Stargate is something they’re looking at for both film and television, says the trade. No other details were given.
Though he hasn’t been involved in the franchise since the original 1994 film, a rumor a couple of years back suggested Kurt Russell might have been be eyeing a tardy second walk through the Stargate.
That was per Giant Freakin Robot who said the 70-something-old actor was being courted to reprise his role as Colonel Jonathan ‘Jack’ O’Neil in some sort of reboot.
(While O’Neil was a regular fixture on the small-screen series “Stargate SG-1”, he didn’t wear Russell’s phizog; Richard Dean Anderson (of “MacGyver”) took over the role for the popular spin-off.)
Prior to that, we’d heard from Stargate director Roland Emmerich that his plans for a reboot – which would’ve kicked off a new trilogy of films, per the 2012 director’s plan – had hit a snag and wasn’t moving ahead.
Speaking to Comic Book Movie at the time, the filmmaker said the studio weren’t too hot on the idea.
“Yeah, I kind of talked a little bit with MGM about Stargate. But I think this is going nowhere because there was another TV show, and they kind of realized that if it’s like some sort of a mixed bag”.
Wonder if Emmerich and/or Russell are involved in any of these new incarnations? May be too early to say, I guess…